Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close
  • ISBN: 9780226769363
  • ISBN10: 0226769364

Convents and the Body Politic in Renaissance Venice

by Jutta Gisela Sperling

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
used Add to Cart $8.41
You save: 79%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $41.49
FREE shipping on orders over $49!
Description: In late-sixteenth-century Venice, nearly sixty percent of all patrician women joined convents, and only a minority of these women did so voluntarily. In trying to explain why unprecedented numbers of patrician women did not marry, historians have claimed that dowries became too expensive. However, Jutta Gisela Sperling debunks this myth and argues that the rise of forced vocations happened within the context of aristocratic culture and society.

Sperling explains how women were not allowed to marry beneath their social status while men could, especially if their brides were wealthy. Faced with a shortage of suitable partners, patrician women were forced to offer themselves as "a gift not only to God, but to their fatherland, " as Patriarch Giovanni Tiepolo told the Senate of Venice in 1619. Noting the declining birth rate among patrician women, Sperling explores the paradox of a marriage system that preserved the nobility at the price of its physical extinction. And on a more individual level, she tells the fascinating stories of these women. Some became scholars or advocates of women's rights, some took lovers, and others escaped only to survive as servants, prostitutes, or thieves.

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Hippo Books
Location: Toledo, OH
Very Good
Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or
[...]
$8.41
Michener & Rutledge Bookseller
Location: Baldwin City, KS
Very Good
Shipping Icon
0226769364. Name on inside front cover, otherwise text clean & tight; Women in Culture and Society; 8.90 X 5.80 X 1 inches; 434 pages.
$11.25
Daedalus Books
Location: Portland, OR
Like New
Shipping Icon
0226769364. 8vo; 434 pages.
$14.56
johnson rare books & archives
Location: Covina, CA
Like New
Original paper wrappers. The small signature of William Frank, Curator of
[...]
$16.87
Cellar Stories Bookstore
Location: Providence, RI
Very Good
Shipping Icon
0226769364 417 pp., 8vo. Paperback. Slight scuffing & edgewear to covers.
[...]
$16.87
Ergodebooks
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.
$17.82
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).